Future Symphonic Musicians Solo at Major/Minor Concert

Those attending the May 13 Major/Minor Concert featuring members of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras Repertory and Philharmonic might have been listening to future symphonic music stars.

Cellist Maxwell Remmer and flutist Alexandra McGuire were winners of the annual Young Artists Competition and earned soloist honors. Though both expressed that they were excited but nervous, talent and hard work showed through.

Maxwell Remmer, a homeschooled 8th grader, started his musical career with the violin at age five. But he switched to the cello at age 10. “I felt that I wanted to give it (the cello) a try,” he said. “It has a sound that spoke to me.”

Currently, he holds the position of Principal Cellist in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic as well as a community position in the Jacksonville University Orchestra. No stranger to competitions, he took first place in the BRASS Ring for Division III Strings in 2015 and was later chosen in the Honors Solo Recital at FSU’s String Orchestra Camp. Maxwell also volunteers with Jump Start Strings in his spare time.

Alexandra McGuire, a sophomore at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has been playing the flute for seven years. Her first music experience was on the piano but in third grade she joined the school band as a flutist.

Alexandra was the 2015 winner of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Concerto Competition and received the Director’s Award. She has also earned All-State and district honor band honors every year that she has been eligible including the piccolo chair this year. In her spare time she volunteers with the Jacksonville School for Autism and Community Hospice’s PedsCare program, serving on the teen advisory board.

Both Alexandra and Maxwell want to pursue a career in music. They are well on their way with these honors.